Call for Nominations: Undergraduate University Awards

Award winners hold their plaques for a photo at the University Awards Banquet
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Each spring the University honors outstanding scholar-leaders at the University Awards Program.  Hosted by the Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life and Omicron Delta Kappa, this program features some of the University’s most prestigious awards. This year’s 38th Annual University Student Leadership Awards Program will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019. I am writing to enlist your assistance in identifying candidates for each of the honors detailed below. You are invited to nominate individuals for these awards. 

Senior Awards for August 2018, December 2018 and May 2019 Graduates

The H. C. Byrd Citizenship Award, is presented as a memorial to the late President Emeritus H. C. Byrd, to a student who identifies as a male member of the graduating senior class who during his collegiate career have most nearly typified the model citizen and have contributed significantly to the general advancement of the interests of the University.

The Sally S. Byrd Citizenship Award, is presented as a memorial to the late President Emeritus H. C. Byrd’s mother Sally Sterling Byrd, to a student who identifies as a female member of the graduating senior class who during her collegiate career have most nearly typified the model citizen and have contributed significantly to the general advancement of the interests of the University.

The Wilson H. Elkins Award is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has displayed outstanding involvement and leadership in campus activities and who has contributed significantly to the general advancement of student affairs.

The Bethune Award, named in honor of the African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune, is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the African-American student community at Maryland and the general interest of the University.

The La Raza Unida Award, which translates as “the people united,” is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the Latino(a) student community at Maryland and the general interest of the University.

The Lorde-O’Leary Award, named after writer/activist Audre Lorde and the late University of Maryland Professor Ron O’Leary, is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender student community at Maryland and the general interest of the University.

The Vera Cruz-Kochiyama Award, named after labor activist Phillip Vera Cruz and the Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama, is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the Asian Pacific American student community at Maryland and the general interest of the University.

Junior Award for May 2020 Graduates

The William E. Kirwan Award is presented to a junior who will graduate May 2020 and who has exhibited outstanding leadership and commitment to the college community. Nominees will be evaluated on their academic performance; involvement in student activities; community service; and promotion of campus diversity/race relations, international relations and/or international understanding.

Undergraduate Student Awards

The Loving Award, named in honor of Mildred and Richard Loving, for their bravery and perseverance in invalidating miscegenation laws via the landmark Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, is presented to a member of the University of Maryland undergraduate community who has demonstrated a significant and ongoing commitment to multiracial and cross-cultural causes and communities.

The Sarah Winnemucca Award, named in honor of Paiute activist, educator, and author Sarah Winnemucca, for her tireless dedication in advocating for the rights of Native American communities, is presented to a member of the University of Maryland undergraduate community who has demonstrated a significant and ongoing commitment to Native American Indian and Indigenous communities.

Click here to access the nomination form. Enter the nominee’s name and umd.edu email address. Utilize the student lookup feature, if needed. The nominee’s personal and academic information will automatically populate. Nominations should be submitted by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2019. The student nominee will receive an email inviting them to apply after the nomination deadline. Their application and essay must be submitted by 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2019 for full consideration.

Please share this material with members of your organization. If you have questions, please contact Donna Lim at 301-314-8491 or via e-mail at dylim@umd.edu

If you experience technical difficulties with submitting the nomination form, please email IT Services at stampweb@umd.edu.

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